Follow That Car 2

by limebirdmichele

I love this video from Ira Glass, host of This American Life.

Right now, I think it would be better to insert the video in this post. But I don’t know how. I can’t find the ‘upload video’ icon. I am a blundering novice. I mean, if you only saw the video you would be instantly uplifted. You really must see it.  But I do know how to make a link (see above).

What he says is that when you are a beginner at anything you will be often disappointed, because your work is not as excellent as your taste.

Like me right here: cursing, inept. But if you persevere, and work a lot, because it is not always fun and delightful as you might think it should be, over time and with volume the quality of your work will inch up to meet your standards. Then your taste will evolve, and send you on another series of escapades. So the vision we have of ourselves at the pinnacle of our career is a mirage. It is what happens in between when we are gnashing our teeth, and look up to notice a bird on a branch.

5 Comments to “Follow That Car 2”

  1. I have that on the wall in my office. I love love love Ira. He is amazing. I’m pretty sure you add a video clip using the media insert button….on your dashboard. I found it…once 🙂
    Nothing wrong with being a beginner–if we don’t begin we’ll never know what we could have done, eh?

  2. A very clear way of giving us this information — thanks to Ira Glass, and thanks to you, LimebirdMichell, for post this on your site!

  3. Very good advise, and rule to live by. It’s easy read an amazing book and then just want to throw it and your pens/pencils/laptop in the garbage because it feels like nothing you write will ever be that amazing.

  4. Totally agree! My partner keeps saying that she can’t draw because she is intimidated by the what others (including our stepson) can do. I keep telling her, it’s only a piece of paper, do one, then do another… eventually you will be happy with the results.

    No luck with her so far…

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